Welcome message
Prof. Enrico Dalcanale

We are pleased to present our website. The aim is to offer to the public in general and to prospective graduate students/postdocs in particular, a bird’s eye view of the ongoing activity in our group. I hope this website will stimulate your interest in our research activity.

Enrico Dalcanale
Research Topics

Our group at the Department of Chemistry, Life Sciences and Environmental Sustainability has a long experience in the field of self-assembly and self-organization of functional materials. The current research topics of the group are:

• self-assembly on surfaces;

• supramolecular sensors for biochemical and environmental applications;

• stimuli responsive polymers and composites;

• Single Molecule Magnets (SMM).

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it” by Alan Kay

Mission of the Dalcanale’s group
The team interests are focused on the design and preparation of functional materials, using self-assembly and molecular recognition tools. Over the years the major themes have been: macrocyclic liquid crystals, self-assembled monolayers and LB films, metal-directed self-assembly of coordination cages, supramolecular sensors and adaptive polymers.
The group has been involved in studying metal-directed self-assembly of coordination cages, first in solution and then on gold and silicon surfaces. More recently the activity has been extended to the self-assembly of reversible polymeric structures, to molecular recognition on surfaces and to surface functionalization with Single Molecule Magnets (SMM).

Roberta Pinalli is Guest Editor of the special issue
"Nanoparticles in Supramolecular Sensing" in Nanomaterials (IF 4.034).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 May 2020.
Please, provide your contributions!
For any questions, do not hesitate to contact Roberta Pinalli:


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